S-482, Strategic Operational Planning, 2015

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This course was developed using a blended approach to learning. Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course before taking the ILT.

S-482 is a course designed to meet the training needs of a Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL) on an incident as outlined in NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1, and the position taskbook developed for the position. The online component provides background (historical and foundational) information on why the SOPL position exists and the critical role the position plays in incident management. It also describes the typical responsibilities and activities a SOPL performs on an incident. In the instructor-led component, students apply the knowledge they gained in the online component (the “knowing”) to actual practice performing the typical activities of a SOPL (the “doing” or the “how-to”).


  • Perform basic tasks commonly required of a Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL) and possess the knowledge to successfully accomplish SOPL trainee assignments.

Target Group

Primary target group is personnel desiring to become qualified as a SOPL. However, this course may also be beneficial to Agency Administrators, Incident Commanders, Fire Management Officers, and incident and unit staff who have direct fire planning and implementation responsibilities.

It is recommended that students have an introductory level of experience using the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) (e.g., navigating, finding situation awareness information, and locating approved Incident Decisions). 


S-482 is available as a blended online training and classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online training10-16
Instructor-led training24
Total Hours34-40

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-482 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training


Course Level

Regional, state, or area


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